Show of Hands slot in south-west concerts in Exeter and Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 18:30 19 October 2017

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Show of Hands – one of the UK’s leading acoustic roots and folk groups – have announced three South West dates as part of their current national tour.

The duo – comprising Steve Knightley, who grew up in Exmouth – and Phil Beer will be appearing at Exeter Cathedral, at 7.30pm, on Saturday, November 4.

That’s followed by two shows at the Exmouth Pavilion – just down the road from where the duo first performed at Exmouth Folk Club – on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1.

They’ll be accompanied on all three dates by their regular collaborator, double bassist and vocalist Miranda Sykes.

Having sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall five times over, the group decided they wanted to do something different. Having previously appeared at a few cathedrals, they have expanded on this notion. Hence the Exeter Cathedral show is part of the group’s current ‘Cathedrals Tour’.

“In 2010, we played a few landmark cathedrals, and it just worked,” says Steve. “There’s something about the ambience, sanctity and rich history of a cathedral that lends itself perfectly to what we do. It’s going to be a really special tour. We’ll be bringing out some of the classics of course, but we’re also excited to be able to showcase brand-new material in truly unique settings.”

Steve and Phil are passionate about supporting emerging talent, and seem to have a knack for spotting a future star. So in keeping with that tradition, Kirsty Merryn – a singer/songwriter noted for her dramatic yet introspective individual sound – will be featured on all three dates.

Kirsty was spotted by Steve Knightley after he met her while teaching at an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) song-writing retreat for upcoming folk singer songwriters. She went on to open for Show of Hands at their headline appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week last year.

London-based, New Forest-born Kirsty will launch her debut album She and I in early November.

Unreserved seats for the Exeter Cathedral show are £20 each, plus £1 booking fee. Visit: www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/show-of-hands.ashx for details.

There’s limited availability on the Exmouth Pavilion shows. Tickets are £24. Call 01395 222477, or visit: www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion

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